School board quick notes

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By Brandon Mattingly

The Washington County School Board held its monthly meeting last Monday, and change orders for the new school project, the 2013-14 end-of-school date and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) achievements were among the talking points.

Items of note:
• Change orders totaling close to $3,200 were made to the new high school project to repair two doors and reinforce a soffit in the front lobby. Kelly Ives of Ross Tarrant Architects said another repair will add 10 days to the final date of the project, which now moves to May 23.

“We felt that was reasonable because they had some remedial work to do on the bridge where it had been cracking,” Ives said. “That is not at any cost to you all, but we did give them the extra time.”

• Ives noted that a painter was brought onto the site to correct concerns in that area and that other problems in the construction process that were discussed in the past are being resolved.

“You’ll be really excited to see that we’re getting to that home stretch and it’s starting to look really good,” she said.

• Superintendent Robin Cochran submitted an end-of-year schedule that includes May 29 as the final day for students and June 6 as the final day for faculty.

• It was announced that WCHS is again on pace for a 98.5 percent graduation rate, the same as the 2012-13 school year. It was noted that Washington County would record a 100 percent rate if not for alternate diplomas being excluded from the projection.

• FCCLA racked up the awards at this year’s state meeting, which was attended by 2,500 students. WCHS took 32 students, with several earning first- or second-place honors and an upcoming trip to San Antonio. Hannah Edelen was also elected vice president of peer education for the 2014-15 school year.